Missouri is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2021 and Benton County, MO has unique festivities planned throughout the towns of Cole Camp, Lincoln and Warsaw.  The theme is Show Me Benton County and will be showcasing activities from the past, present and future, just like Missouri’s bicentennial theme.

Lynette Stokes, Executive Director of Benton County Tourism & Recreation says, “we are excited to offer residents and tourists unique activities celebrating Missouri’s Bicentennial, but also showcasing the unique activities and history of Benton County through the years.”

Celebrations are an important part of Cole Camp’s hometown history and they will be hosting an old-fashioned community picnic and activities for the entire family.  The purpose of this festival is to showcase Missouri’s current state symbols and celebrate the past by bringing back activities from the past.

Last, but not least, you don’t want to miss out on Cole Camp’s Churches Tour and German Christmas Concert on December 5th.  The churches tour was added as a unique tour to share the beautiful and historic country and small-town churches and the strong religious tradition that was found in the past and continues today.

Beautiful St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cole Camp – one of the stops on the churches tour

Holy Cross Lutheran Church                      Immanuel Lutheran Church at Brauersville                         St John’s Lutheran Church

The tour is capped off in the evening with a German singing concert with traditional Christmas songs sung in German and Christmas story-telling done in both German and English languages.

The Cole Camp Museum offers a large collection of Civil War memorabilia and, in particular, the Battle of Cole Camp, which was one of the very earliest battles fought in Missouri, during the long and bloody conflict.

You can find more information on Cole Camp’s Bicentennial and annual events by visiting

Stokes says, “We wanted to celebrate Missouri’s birthday and Benton County’s past, present, and future with unique events in the hopes that we can attract new visitors to the area and celebrate our history and heritage.  The entire community has played a unified role in coming together to celebrate Missouri’s statehood”.

We are thankful for receiving the Bicentennial banner and flag from the Missouri Historical Society.  Photographed are members from each of the three towns who have been working to put on the unique celebrations of our history.Pictured left to right are Shelia Wilson (GeoArt), Steve Deleske (Presiding Commissioner), Dorcas Brethower (Lincoln Chamber of Commerce), Susan Kyle (Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce), Jo Ann Lane (Economic Developer), Jessi Kendall (City of Warsaw), Marsha Eaton (Benton County Historical Society), Amie Breshears (Benton County Extension Office), Lynette Stokes (Benton County Tourism & Recreation), Lindsey Decker (Lincoln Chamber of Commerce), Larry Berry (Commissioner), and John King (Mayor of Lincoln and Chamber of Commerce).  These are only a few of the people who are working hard to put on the Benton County Bicentennial festivities.

In addition to the festivities above, the Benton County Historical Society will be raffling a bicentennial quilt showcasing Benton County features.  You can purchase tickets by contacting the museum at 660-438-2304 or visiting their website at

For information on all county-wide and bicentennial events, please go to

All events are subject to change/cancellation due to the current pandemic and social distancing requirements by the State of Missouri.